Who Uses This Software?

DyKnow is designed for K-12 districts and classrooms where students use Chromebooks, PCs, and/or MacBooks during class time. DyKnow is the only classroom management solution for mixed OS environments.


Average Ratings

115 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • DyKnow
  • www.dyknow.com
  • Founded 2001
  • United States

About DyKnow

Monitor student Chromebooks, PCs, and MacBooks during class. DyKnow is simple and easy for all teachers to use. DyKnow Cloud shows teachers how students use their time and helps teachers keep devices useful for learning. Our classroom management software automatically tracks and reports how students spend their time during class on their Chromebooks, PCs, and MacBooks.


DyKnow Features

  • Attendance Management
  • Blank Student Monitors
  • Class Summary
  • Collaboration
  • Gradebook
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Lesson Plan Management
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Test Building
  • View Student Monitors

DyKnow Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Easy to use in school environment and for teachers

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: - see what students are doing
- able to turn in documents through software
- can display messages and freeze student screens

Cons: - agent must be installed on each computer and it has to be pre-configured (we used on premise version)
- organization could be much better on the back end. Clunky and hard to understand at first.

Dyknow's been a huge help in a 1 to 1 setting as a teacher

Mar 27, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software enables you to completely and reliably monitor students, control their acess, record their activities, and provide accountability for online assessments. I don't know how I could teach in a 1 to 1 setting without dyknow or a program similar to it. Dyknow tames the internet and the tablet for learning in a classroom full of kids with tablets to actually occur. It also is fairly easy to set up and run with minimal effort on a day to day basis.

Cons: It's dependent on the internet connection, so students still can be sneaky in some ways if testing. Students can and will find ways around it or create headaches; although this is a minority of students. It's not perfect, but its the best thing I've found out there for all practical purposes, and it works well 95% of the time with 90% of students.

Overall: Accountability and Control of the digital classroom

Capterra-loader

I was easily able to track my students devices and block certain webpages that I found not suitable.

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I really enjoy the fact that I can monitor students on their devices by using the classroom analytics feature which allows me to view the history of student activity on a specific day. This tool also allows me to go back and see which students were off task and which were actually paying attention.

Cons: The biggest problem I have found with this software is the fact that students cane easily bypass the software by downloading extensions within the browser that will allow them to play games, but will not show up on my monitoring screen. I also often receive errors from the software saying that it can not be loaded at that time.

Overall: I benefited from this software by easily being able to blow websites that interfered with my students coursework or would distract them.

Capterra-loader

This software is easy to use and easier to push out to your network.

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I liked that this was easy to push out as an update to all the student computers. My students never knew it was put out and therefore could not mess around and try to disable it or try to work around it. There is also no way around it.

Cons: It is a little difficult to manage on iPads. So there is a little more supervision that goes on along with using them.

Capterra-loader

I use DyKnow to monitor students daily. I enjoy being able to restrict computers.

Mar 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Teachers can instantly access one student's screen or the whole class's. I can also block or restrict certain sites. This is especially awesome when we are doing an online quiz. No Googling for answers!

Cons: Not being able to block spotlight features (Ex: using the calculator through spotlight). Sometimes it lags and it makes it difficult to monitor. This is not the norm, however.

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When it's up and running, it's a game changer in the classroom!

Feb 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Data to analyze at the end of the day to see which websites grabbed my students attention and how I could develop my lesson to include them!

Cons: The website has connectivity issues pretty frequently. I would say at least one day a week I am unable to monitor student activity with dyknow.

Overall: Peace of mind. I can monitor student behavior while completing other tasks.

Good for basic surveillance. Getting into specific monitoring is not user-friendly, though possible.

Jan 10, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I appreciate the capability to see all screens at once. Also, messaging students when they are off task can be helpful.

Cons: Specific monitoring takes a lot of time to set up and there can be glitches. You have to click several places, and the more you click, the slower the software runs.

Helpful, Functional, and Fun

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love that this software is easy to use and functional in the classroom. DyKnow truly has made a difference in my classroom. Not only is it helpful in monitoring and limiting computer use, but it also helps keep students engaged. The feature where you can poll the audience, check for understanding, and send the students to a certain website by opening it on the computer has really revolutionized the way I teach. It has also saved classroom time. Instead of waiting for students to type a URL, find a website, etc. I can just open it on their computer screen and not have any troubleshooting.

Cons: The hardest thing about this software is really just user error. I sometimes forget to end and start the monitoring each class period. I wish there was a way to set time parameters and have it automatically end and stop class periods according our bell schedule.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on December 07, 2017

Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for leaving your kind feedback :) It's actually on our short term roadmap to release the ability to automatically monitor ;) We'll be in touch about that soon! -Abbey

DyKnow allows easy observation from all points in the classroom.

May 18, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Spotting misuse of computers
Monitoring at any time during school day
Ability to block students or sites readily
Ability to send custom message to the screen of the user whether one blocks him/her or not
Multiple-screen viewing
Ability to stop several selected students without being the whole class nor one at a time

Cons: Some users never seemed to show up on the system
Inability to see the tab bar of the student screen to see if other sites/tabs are being used but not at that moment
Confusion at times when blocking a person(s) and not blocking all-This improved
Inability to have two or more people monitor the same student at the same time

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on September 20, 2017

Thanks for sharing, Christopher! If you'd ever like some assistance troubleshooting why students aren't showing up in class, please reach out to our support team and we would be more than happy to help :)

Overall, I've had a very positive experience with dyknow over the years.

May 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's allowed me to better facilitate learning and accountability in the classroom. I love the diagnostic features which help me know which kids are on task or are not. Also, I enjoy that while students are being "monitored," I don't have to constantly monitor them, which has been my experience with other programs.

Cons: The only main issues I've had with Dyknow have more to do with connectivity and troubleshooting problems. These issues were handled in the IT department as opposed to the classroom. Those problems over the years have grown fewer and fewer as the product and as well as our school internet connections have developed.

Overall: Accountability and less stress in classroom discipline

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on September 20, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, Josh!

DyKnow is great

Mar 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Great product to monitor students at school. Students are always trying to get around the system, but we have had great success correcting the issues.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 24, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, Dustin! We appreciate it and are glad to hear you're having success with our tool :)

Can't Teach Without It

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Blocking features

Cons: Unable to block dictionary features on MacBook Air during tests.

Overall: I work at a digital school and I can't imagine teaching students who all have laptops without this tool. It helps me block sites and monitor students, making our time much more useful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get your school to buy this program!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Wow - Thanks Diane! We're so happy to hear you're loving DyKnow :) Thanks for taking the time to share!

DyKnow(mite)

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: * It sometimes errors or drops and I can't get back on for a few minutes.
* You cannot mirror your screen onto their screens.

Overall: You know it is working well when the kids tell you it is "torture" now that we use it in class. When they try to do things they shouldn't you hear the audible groan from the masses.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's easy to use if you take the time to mess around with it first.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're glad to hear DyKnow is making a positive impact in your classroom :)

The product is good, especially for those who want to easily monitoring students anywhere.

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am newly enrolled this service. The product itself, to be honest, is good enough for monitoring purpose. Because our students are using Chromebook, and Google G Suite, and I was recommended to unblock https://accounts.google.com/chooser, which will definitely affect students who want to retrieve their own personal gmail on the Chromebook.

The customer service is really disappointed. I want to upload all the student's directory onto DyKnow, however, there is nobody help me to do that. I provide the whole list of students to customer service, no action to make it happen yet......

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Anson, thanks for sharing your feedback on DyKnow Cloud! I'm sorry to hear of your feedback on our services team; I confirmed with them that your upload system is actually not yet setup, and they've been waiting to hear from you on this. They'll reach out again today to get this squared away!

First time using internet content blocking software

Mar 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Not all features robust enough to keep up with a class.

Overall: Dyknow is software to monitor what students are doing on their school provided laptop. It is cloud based and allows a teacher to see what kids are doing when in their classrooms. At the beginning of class the teacher has to start monitoring of a class they have previously populated. Occasionally, this takes quite a bit of time to kick in which is frustrating. Another problem is kids getting stuck in other "classes". Dyknow has been responsive in coming up with a way to automatically end the class at a predetermined time. Once things are up and running a blocking plan that the teacher designs is implemented. Plans can run from allowing everything to allowing nothing. Apps and web browsers are included in what can be allowed or blocked. In addition, every 15 sec teachers get a snapshot of what students are doing. This information can be used to send a message and temporarily block activity or completely block activity. It is a nice compromise between no control and allowing students some freedom. Not everything is perfect yet, but it is moving in the right direction.

Recommendations to other buyers: Work on getting it to start quicker. Have an option to take automatic screenshots and save them for recall to show parents at conferences.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share, Joe! We're dedicated to continuously improving our user experience, and appreciate you mentioning that :)

DyKnow in my classroom

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of using the program

Cons: connection issues at times

Overall: I love using DyKnow in my classroom. My students know that I keep it up, it's not a gotcha kinda program. It allows me to keep them on task without pointing it out to the entire class. I can send them a personal message or block the site easily.

Recommendations to other buyers: Wonderful tool for teachers

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Heather - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback on DyKow Cloud :) We're so glad it's a valuable addition to your classroom!

DyKnow is perfect for my Alternative Classroom as a tool to stay on task.

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Dependent on internet connectivity.

Overall: My expereince with DyKnow has been all positive. During my day Students are often online as well as wroking in the classroom. DyKnow is the tool that has allowed me to manage multiple classes at teh same time. With DyKnow I am able to hold classroom discussions while at the same time monitor other students working online and keep them on task. DyKnow is the product that facilitates my teaching experience. I cannot imagine not have it available. A great tool that is customizeable to the individual teacher.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing, David! We're so proud to be part of your classroom and teacher workflow :)

Great way to monitor!

Mar 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As a middle school teacher, students will wander if they can. This program is easy to use and allows you to not only see in real time where a student is, but it also allows you to find random wandering you may have missed. Students can be allowed only on the sites you want!! Great Program!!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share, Jessica! We're so glad DyKnow has been a valuable addition to your classroom :)

Great tool!

Mar 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: N/a

Overall: I use this tool on a daily basis to monitor and restrict internet use in my, highly digital, middle school classroom. I could not be more excited for how great of a tool this is!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks so much for your feedback, Andrew! We appreciate it! :)

Easy to Use

Mar 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy of Use

Overall: Very easy to monitor student usage. I am able to see where students are and redirect them if they are not in the right place.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Thanks, John!

Web-based Better This Year Than Last Year

Mar 20, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been DyKnow customers in my district for several years. We all loved the previous version of the product (full control of student devices on network). It allowed tech use when needed, minimized distractions otherwise. Last year, we transitioned to new version (web-based). While there has been a real transition period for this, many of us are starting to find the uses of this more limited service.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Brad - Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're hosting a Summer PD series that you might find useful for learning some tips and tricks for using DyKnow Cloud that have been shared by other DyKnow teachers. Watch for the invitations soon!

Joanne's review

Mar 20, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can track the boys & keep them on task. i can also inform parents of they are off task in class

Cons: The slow start up time to connect also sometimes it does not connect at all

Overall: My biggest issue is the time it takes for Dy-Know to activate in the classroom. I do not know if it is a function of our WiFi or your system

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 23, 2017

Hi Joanne - it sounds like your classroom may be located a little far from the closest WIFI access point. If you ever run into a specific scenario where DyKnow isn't connecting, please feel free to email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and we'll look into it right away to see if it's a performance issue on our end.

DyKnow in middle school

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This has been a HUGE help in keeping students on task and blocking websites that tend to distract them during class. I'm able to contain their searches to certain websites that are suitable and on topic. It really helps with the one-to-one device initiative that we started this year!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Carly - Thank you for taking the time to share some thoughts on DyKnow! We appreciate your feedback and are so glad to hear it's having a positive impact in your classroom :)

Essential tool for a 1-to-1 classroom

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been using DyKnow in some form since 2010, and it has proven to be a huge help in managing distractions. The newer Cloud version is easy to use on the teacher side--it's highly intuitive and has a simple UI. I primarily use an "Allow Only" plan, which lets students access a preset list of sites and apps that we regularly use in class, but it's quick and easy to edit the blocking plan you're using (where you get the option of making a change only for the current session, or save it as a permanent change), switch to a "Block Only" plan, or just release the students from blocking entirely and block sites/apps on the fly if you need to.

A few things I've appreciated:
- Segmented blocking - This is especially useful when students are working in groups, taking tests (students who finish can be released to a different blocking plan), or when a student is absent but happens to be using their laptop during class.
- Timed blocking - This is awesome for those of us who sometimes forget to release the students when class ends...
- The activity tracker - An easy way to know at a glance what the students are doing.
- Adding apps - DyKnow customer support has been really quick to respond when an app isn't in their database--I can't think of a time when I had to wait longer than a day for them to act on a request.

One feature I miss from the old desktop version is the chat feature, which I used to use to allow students to ask questions during tests. Cloud does have tools for teachers to send out messages and multiple choice/true-false/yes-no questions, but doesn't (yet?) have a way for students to ask their own questions. The ability to push documents to students was nice too, but we have other tools for that now, so I don't really miss it.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Emily - WOW! Thank you so much for taking the time to share such detailed feedback on how you use DyKnow in your classroom. We appreciate it!

Love being able to monitor my students during class!

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Ability to block sites
Ability to allow only certain sites
Ability to see student activity in real time
Reports of student usage

Cons: Sometimes freezes

Overall: My school has an account for all freshmen and sophomores because we started a chromebook program. I love being able to block certain sites or allowing only the sites I want to use during that class period. It does freeze sometimes and I have to restart but that's the only problem I've had. I really love it! I wish we had accounts for the seniors and juniors too!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Agatha - Thanks so much for taking the time to share! We love hearing how DyKnow is helping your classroom :) If you run into a specific event when the product freezes, please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and we'd be happy to look into it!

Dyknow is awesome!

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used this software faithfully in my classroom since it has been available to us and it is very useful for monitoring what students are doing on their laptops.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks, Jen! We love having Manheim as a customer and are so glad we're adding value to your classroom :)

5th grade teacher.

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I love the ability to see what the students are doing real time. This allows me to keep them on task.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks, David! We appreciate you taking the time to share!

I use it everyday.

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It's incredibly helpful both in terms of student engagement and accountability. The overall user experience is fluent and fits in seamlessly with my classroom procedures.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks, Anthony! We're so glad to hear we're a helpful addition to your classroom :)

DyKnow Review

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy to use

Cons: students can get out of it

Overall: Dyknow is an amazing product for use in school settings. As we move into a more technology driven academic setting, students will try to use their technology to be off task. Dyknow allows teachers to set limits so students must stay on task during the academic day.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Ashlee! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback :)

DyKnow is Great!

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Customer Service
Ability to lock devices with custom messages

Cons: Is often spotty about connecting ALL the students

Overall: I have been using DyKnow for two years and I think it is a great tool for teachers. They are constantly adding new features and the customer service is quick and effective. They have been very open to feedback from me.

Recommendations to other buyers: Experiment! I try things all the time with my class so that I can understand the program as much as I can.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Holly! We're proud to listen and act on your feedback :)

Best I have seen and/or used

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use and monitoring ability of students.

Cons: Does not always seem to pick up all students each time for some reason. That could also be a network issue that I am not aware of on the end of my school and not the vendor.

Overall: This product has been great to check on what students are doing at any particular time during class or at other times. It has a nice ease of use and allows the user to block sites prior to a lesson or while discovered. It allows individual feedback to students to redirect them without drawing attention to the matter. These subtle reminders are effective in the classroom setting for helping with classroom environment.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Wow - Thanks, Chris! We're so glad DyKnow is helpful in your classroom :)

Fantastic tool for Educational Monitoring

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am a middle school teacher and I use DyKnow to monitor students' activity on their chromebooks during class time. The features include ability to lock their chromebook if their use is inappropriate and send them a message. I am also able to create blocking plans that only allow them to access certain sites, or to restrict them from certain site.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Frank! :)

Can't live without it

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to manage my students' Chromebook usage

Cons: N/A

Overall: DyKnow has been a Godsend as far as being able to make sure my students are on task in class. Customer service has been very responsive to any needs I had as I was getting comfortable with the features of the program too. Now that I have it I couldn't imagine class without it!

Recommendations to other buyers: N/A

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for the feedback, Justin! We appreciate you taking the time to share and are so glad to be adding value to your classroom :)

Monitoring

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I just use it to monitor my students to keep them on task and block them from other sites. DyKnow is very useful for this.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks for the feedback, Carla!

Well worth the money

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to pull up usage data for individual students over specific ranges of time is nice.

Cons: The blocking is sometimes too general or too difficult to remove. A simple feature is made complicated.

Overall: DyKnow allows for behavior and engagement to be managed in a very gentle manner. This eliminates arguments and struggles for power that ever might occur; great tool.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be useful if I could change the URL of everybody's computer at once. Time would be saved if I could just copy and paste my URL into theirs to take them to the website that I am on. They wouldn't have to ask where the link is or how to copy or ask if they should type it or if they're on the right site.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi Corabn! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback :) Here's a trick: If you copy the URL you want to send to students, you can paste it into an Unlocked Message and click "Send" - this will launch the website on each student's Chromebook! We'd love to hear more about how you'd simplify blocking. Please chat us in the product or email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com any time!

DyKnow Cloud is a Lifesaver

Mar 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Various ways you can monitor students--not just thumbnails. The Activity Trackers is a great addition. Segmented blocking was greatly appreciated too.

Cons: Of course some of our teachers still bemoan the loss of some of the "Vision" features.

Overall: As the DyKnow admin, I have to say that the ease of use in Cloud far exceeds the previous DyKnow Monitor. I am especially appreciative of your efforts to continually improve the product by taking the advice and suggestions from your customers. Your support team is attentive and knowledgeable and can answer questions in "English"--unlike some other IT support teams that I personally think make up big words to confuse the customer. : )

Thanks for all you do to keep us up and running.

Recommendations to other buyers: Nope - you guys are awesome!

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks for the feedback, Sandra!! We love serving STM classrooms :)

DyKnow in the classroom

Mar 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use DyKnow in my classes on most days. It is a wonderful tool to help me make sure my students are staying on task. It allows me to send personal messages to those that may need some attention. I can grade homework by asking the students to put their homework on their screen and I can check for completion. I also use it to see if any of my students are stuck on a particular item they might be working on. This is especially helpful for those students I know have a tendency to be shy and resist asking for help.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Laura! We're so glad to hear you enjoy using DyKnow, and that it's valuable in your classroom :)

Dyknow Keeps the Students Honest..or else!

Mar 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Most important functions for me are accessed quickly.
It's "Class Analytics" feature keeps a "history" of student activity while you are monitoring them, making it possible to go back later and see what they were doing...or not doing.

Cons: There are some features when using "Class Analytics" which have been a little "buggy" for me, such as clicking on one date in the past to see student activity (I have found a workaround on that one by clicking on an adjacent date.)
There are isolated cases when blocking that students have an issue using a program which is not being blocked. This gets into a more technical aspect than I can explain well and I am sure it can be rectified in the future. Could be the other applications which cause this for a small number of students.

Overall: I use DyKnow primarily to keep up with student's on-task behavior. Blocking schemes work well to keep them from specific sites and applications OR to allow them only on certain sites and applications.

I can take a quick look and the thumbnails will very easily allow me to detect "off-task" computer activities. I can tell if they are doing something they shouldn't be doing (games, shopping, and watching video are easy to spot with a quick glance).

Dyknow is an extremely valuable tool for a teacher in a 1:1 environment.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 20, 2017

Hi John - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about using DyKnow Cloud! We're so glad to hear how beneficial it is to your classroom. Class Analytics: If you double click a single date, you can view Analytics for only that day :) Blocking: If you ever find an app or website that isn't being blocked as expected, please email support [at] dyknow [dot] com or use our in product chat feature, and we'll get to the bottom of it right away!

Efficacy in Honors Science

Mar 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to track history over specific ranges of time; the past 6 months, the past year, since the beginning of class, in the past week, etc.

Cons: Unlocking a student's screen can sometimes be more difficult than it should be.

Overall: I've found that this software is a very simple and effective way to limit distraction in the classroom. The black and white data shows, without bias, whether the student was engaged with the content or choosing to wander the internet. This software is helpful in gaining an understanding of a student's pattern in classroom behavior, leading to conversations between students, parents, and educators concerning what may be best for their child's success.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's ineffective if not used every day. No data is generated and accountability is not established.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 18, 2017

Hi Corban - Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about DyKnow Cloud! We're so glad to hear you find our Analytics to be valuable in your classroom. We'd love to hear how you might improve our "unlock" feature - please use the in product chat or email csm [at] dyknow [dot] com anytime to share with our Product Manager!

DyKnow Review and Appeal

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to keep my students focused and free from distraction; also the ability to share screens/student work with other students.

Cons: Sometimes I get frustrated with waiting for the bubbles to "explode"--a problem I did not have with DyKnow Vision--and I greatly miss the features DyKnow Vision provided for guided and interactive learning.

Overall: I really enjoy the functionality and features of DyKnow Cloud but still miss DyKnow Vision greatly. I loved the interactive nature of the program and my ability to control certain aspects of teaching/presentation/assessing. DyKnow Vision was a 5-star tool; DyKnow Cloud/Monitor is more a 3 or 4-star program--largely because it doesn't transform instruction the way the the other tool did.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Sharon - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback on DyKnow! We appreciate how much you loved Vision :) Microsoft OneNote is a really awesome program to replace Vision with almost an identical feature set!

Polson's Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Conversations about staying on task are more private

Cons: You have to stay at your computer, and some students have learned how to trick it.

Overall: I like that getting students on task can now be private. I like that I can see what students are working on, though some students have learned how to trick the system.

Recommendations to other buyers: Utilize segemented blocking & create more than one blocking plan.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Loran - Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're happy to hear DyKnow is adding value to your classroom :) If you ever run into a time when you believe a student isn't properly monitored, please use our in product chat feature or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com and our team will look into it right away!

Fantastic!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: DyKnow was a game changer when it was introduced with my students. I never have to worry that my students are on a website they are not allowed to be on because I can set what they are allowed to use. You can personalize the settings so that you block what you want or only allow what websites you want them on.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jackie - Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive feedback :) We appreciate it!

GREAT CONTROL!!!

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: DyKnow provides an amazing avenue through which I can control technology use in the classroom. Students can only access sites I allow, which eliminates the distractions of aimlessly surfing the internet for entertainment rather than for educational purposes. Additionally, with DyKnow, technology misuse is eliminated in my classes.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Vincent - thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback! We really appreciate it and are so glad to hear DyKnow is adding value to your classroom :)

DyKnow Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of acces

Cons: The constant refresh and that it stays on their page even if they have moved to another site. It doesn't find that site until it refreshes again.

Overall: DyKnow is fairly easy to use however there is issues at times where a student doesn't show up on the page even when we've added them. Kids have also learned different ways to keep you from seeing what they are doing. If they were logged in for another class then they must log off and turn back on sometimes in order for you to see them.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Stephanie, thank you for using DyKnow Cloud and for taking the time to share your feedback! If you're interested to see what students are doing in real time, the best place to see this is Activity Tracker. Here's a "how to" article: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/206974567

Dy Know Review

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Blocking individual students or the entire class and using multiple plans a once

Cons: Some students evade monitoring.

Overall: Dyknow is constantly adding new features and tweaking existing to improve the function and use of their product.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Ryan - Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! If you ever find a student not showing up in class, please use the in product chat feature or email support [at] dyknow [dot] com with the name of the student, and we'll get to the bottom of it!

Great Way to Keep Your Students on Task

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I have anxiously waited for and embraced this technology since day one. I am so happy that our school district realized the importance of have such a useful tool. One of my favorite aspects is the ability to be able to print which website students have been using or trying to use. I will take that information to a parent/teacher conference and the students never see it coming and the parents are usually shocked! It speaks for itself. One feature that I have recommended was one whereby a teacher could share their blocking plan with another teacher, content area, grade level, etc. Finally, I would like to see an easier way to "capture" a screen shot. Having to copy and paste into a Word document, then save it, can be tedious. Overall, the best thing that our district has ever invested in.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Christopher - Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your positive experiences with us :) We love hearing DyKnow has been a valuable addition to your classroom! Thanks for the idea to share blocking plans between teachers, I have mentioned this to our Product Manager for a future enhancement! One tip for you: To save a screenshot, just right click and "Save as Picture". Here's a "how to" article: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/215244778

Great resource in the classroom

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to see each student and block sites

Cons: We do not have the power to correct mistakes in the student emails used to monitor the students. Therefore the students I can't view have never been fixed even with calling customer service.

Overall: Students feel they are held accountable and self-monitor closer than before. I also am able to quietly redirect students if they are not no the correct site. The only issue we have had is that 3 of my students do not have the correct email address in dyknow and we have called to get them changed over 3 months ago and the change still hasn't happened.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is easy to use

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Saunnie, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback! Student emails come from your school SIS; it sounds like the emails may be incorrect in that system. Your campus DyKnow Cloud Admin can get these email addresses updated in that system, so that when they sync with DyKnow, they're correct! :)

Ease of Use

Mar 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of seeing all the screens at once.
Ease of blocking students immediately and sending them a message.

Overall: I love how easy it is to see all of my student's screens at once. I can quickly and easily see if all students are in the correct location. It is also very easy to block a student and send them a quick message. (Can't review about value for money as the corporation pays, and I have no idea what they pay. I've also never used the customer support.)

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Stephenie! We appreciate it! :)

Dy Know 2017

Mar 17, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Dyknow is an ok app. It's nice to see what the students are looking at. What I don't like is that you can't see their whole screen including tabs. The lag time from seeing the whole class to clicking on a specific student is also a bit frustrating.

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Katie, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. DyKnow shows the active tab due to some limitations with Chrome OS. If and when your students click a new or different tab, this is always recorded in Activity Tracker and Analytics. Here are to "how to" articles on these features: Activity Tracker (Real Time View): https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/206974567 Analytics (Historical View): https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/215244648

great when it works, but the key is when...

Mar 17, 2017
2/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its capability

Cons: Its inconsistency

Overall: This program does not work consistently. In fact, it only works at the beginning of the day and occasionally in the afternoon. I teach 6 sections of Earth Science and during periods 3 through 5 it is a failure. It doesn't connect, load, or it malfunctions to the point where students chromebooks are locked up. This is something that has distracted us even on test days. It is a great progarm in theory, but in application it is lacking any consistency.

Recommendations to other buyers: increase consistency

Vendor Response

by DyKnow on March 17, 2017

Hi Jeff, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm sorry to hear DyKnow isn't working as expected, we haven't heard this from other teachers at Warren, especially during designated times of the day. I will ask our engineers to look into this!